Today I want to share how to store your emergency preparedness items. I met with Eric from Back Stage Pass about seven years ago to do this Food Storage Moms behind the scenes interview. I met him at a Down East Blogger Mixer. Eric really wanted to show the world what bloggers do every day. I was honored that he asked if he could do an interview with Food Storage Moms and to do a YouTube as well. He asked why I started Food Storage Moms and why I was so passionate about food storage and emergency preparedness.
This is my desk area where I write, research and answer questions. This is an updated post so new followers can see what I do each day and how I store my emergency preparedness items.
Why I started Food Storage Moms
I explained the situation when I was about 16 years old and living with an aunt in Illinois and an ice storm hit. The highways were shut down for two weeks. The grocery stores rationed one quart of milk and one pound of hamburger a week per family. We were a family of seven (including me). My aunt had two cans of food in the cupboard and a new baby without extra formula. I vowed that would never happen to me again, or to my family in the future. I was scared, I mean really scared. So this is why I will never be without extra food.
I started my blog six years ago to teach the world how to use food storage every day, and to teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected. I actually started teaching my neighborhood and friends. It’s a way of life for me and it always has been. My husband and I have always taken care of ourselves on a shoestring. I am a HUGE budgeting person. I can make almost everything from scratch. I use my food storage every day.
I wondered for some time why people liked to blog. I realized it was a way for people of various backgrounds and interests to reach out to others who have similar ideas, values, and priorities, and to help them connect. The people who share my passion for planning ahead and doing what they can to prepare for disasters and emergencies of all kinds started following my blog and reaching out to me with their questions, comments, and suggestions.
I have made so many new friends in the past six years, people who I care about and who care about me. I appreciate the strong following I’ve been able to develop and the support I receive from people and companies all over this wonderful country of ours. Thanks so much for being here today and reading this blog post, it means the world to me.
Please check out this YouTube and subscribe to Eric’s channel on YouTube! You will enjoy what you see! Thank you so much, Eric! Here are the two YouTubes he did for Food Storage Moms.
Food Storage Moms Interview
How To Store Your Emergency Preparedness Items
How To Store Your Water Storage
I have four 55-gallon barrels stored outside on the side of my house. I put UV protector bags on them based on the heat we have here in Southern Utah. I keep the water level about 6 inches below the top in the event the water freezes here in the winter.
More Water Storage
I have several cases of Blue Water Cans stored behind this dresser in my bedroom. This is my all-time favorite water. I keep adding cases as my budget allows. A reader told me the cheapest place to buy them is at Brownells. Watch for the sales, this water tastes better than any water I have stored. And I have a lot of water stored, trust me. Brownells Website
I called the company to figure out how to buy cases for my daughters for Christmas. I can sleep at night knowing they have water stored in their homes. Please keep in mind, if you use bleach you will need to rotate your water every six months. I only use Water Preserver because I can rotate my water every five years. Yay! Water Preserver Link
Large Water Tank 250 Gallons
How To Store Your Preparedness Items
These are shelves I bought from Costco ONLINE, the ones at the store do not have the heavy duty wheels like these have. They are 48-inches wide/72-inches tall/18-inches deep. They are extremely sturdy. I buy the bags from Amazon or Bed Bath and Beyond to protect what I store in my garage. They are quilt bags. I use sweater bags for my smaller items. We have a lot of dust where I live. Amazon Quilt Bags and Sweater Bags.
How To Store Your Preparedness Items #2
This rack below has everything labeled. If you haven’t seen my portable kitchen which can be taken to a church or school check out the link. You could even take it camping. Full Stocked Portable Kitchen
How To Store Your Preparedness Items #3
My 72-hour kits have a cardstock sheet in each bag (in the front) that shows what is in my bag and what is in Mark’s bag. I have tags attached to remind us to grab our prescriptions, dog 72-hour kit, and our emergency binder. When you must flee, you may forget some very important items.
How To Store Your Preparedness Items #4
Garage Hanging Racks-Laundry Equipment
I actually have four wash buckets, two 24-inch size, and two 32-inch buckets. All four are galvanized made and made by Behrens. They are leakproof. I have 6-gallon buckets (two per set) with mobile washers to do laundry. I just purchased a Lavario portable washer. I will post a picture when I can. It’s awesome and it works!!! Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive and sturdy.
Some Of My Fuel In Air-Tight Gamma Lids/Buckets
This is some of my fuel, my propane tanks are stored outside my garage for safety reasons. Let me explain what these buckets are. Everything in my house is colored coded. The blue buckets are charcoal briquettes without the fluid starter. The red buckets are oak hardwood lump charcoal. The black buckets are filled with clean pine cones, and the green buckets are filled with raw unstained blocks of wood.
This is how they are stacked in my garage. I have two fire pits, Dutch Ovens galore and a Volcano stove I can cook many, many, many meals. Don’t forget matches and fire starters. The pine cones are great for my Kelly Kettle. You can collect them free almost everywhere and then clean and store them.
My First Aid Kits Are Stored In My Home
I have several first aid kits, I will show you my two most popular ones.
#1 Fishing Tackle Box
Here is the post on this fishing tackle list. I NEVER charge for lists, all of mine are free. First Aid Kits
#2 Stanley Max First Aid Kit
Stanley Fat Max Container on Amazon
I want you to know I did not do my preparedness plan overnight. I could see how crazy our world has become, and I knew I had to find the tools, preps, fuel, headlamps, you name it, to be prepared for the unexpected. I wish I lived in a like-minded neighborhood, but I do not. It’s very frustrating for me. A few get the picture but 95% of my neighbors do not. Am I nervous, yes I am, I cannot take care of everyone?
I sometimes think people may see me as over the top or think they will all come to MY house. STOP, we must all be able to take care of ourselves. Period. I am not a selfish person, but people, please be self-reliant. We have some major issues coming very soon. The government cannot take care of everyone.
I can look immediately and find my snake bite kit, for instance, in seconds. Everything is labeled in my garage. Please stay tuned, let’s get all our preps organized rather than just throwing them in a closet. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world. Linda